Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid
- Author: Stacy Allen Oct 02, 2018,
Oct 02, 2018, 1:48
The Wales worldwide suffered a muscle injury and was substituted at the start of the second half of Real's 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
He will miss the reigning European champions' Group G game in Russian Federation, along with captain Sergio Ramos, who was also omitted from the squad announced on Sunday.
Madrid, who have won the past three Champions League titles, started this campaign with a 3-0 win over Roma.
He told Cadena Ser's El Larguero programme: "Joining Real Madrid would for me be unthinkable...it would be very, very hard, nearly impossible".
"It will be hard for all of us to face Real Madrid, but I expect it to be a game which he can make more comfortable for us", he added.
Even after drawing at home with Girona and sliding to a shock 2-1 defeat at minnows Leganes during the week, Barca remain on top of the standings on goal difference.
Saul sung the praises of Courtois' successor Jan Oblak, who he claimed should have been in the running for a place in the FIFPro World 11 or the Best FIFA Goalkeeper this year.
"I'm not satisfied with the result because we deserved the victory", Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said.
Gareth Bale did not suffer a new muscle injury in Real Madrid's 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid on Saturday, according to reports in Spain, and could return for next weekend's trip to Alaves.
Everything has to be left behind quickly, because now we have a massive challenge in the shape of a derby against Atletico, ' the Real Madrid coach said at a press conference. Back a Madrid victory and both teams to score at [3.1]. "But we were far superior to Atletico Madrid, in the end of first half and entire second half. We've had chances and they will come".
It was the fifth winless game for Sociedad in the last six league rounds, keeping the Basque Country club near the middle of the table. "They are candidates to win everything, so I am happy as we were better than a great team tonight". Barca defender Jordi Alba, meanwhile, was fiercely critical of his side after they took two points from a possible nine.